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Polar Gold Arborvitae

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 7
  • Height 12 - 15 Feet
  • Spread 4 - 6 Feet

Polar Gold Arborvitae is a fantastic option for someone looking to grow a privacy hedge, but not take up a lot of space (or your neighbor’s space). These shrubs grow upright and only get to be around 4 to 6 feet wide, but they grow up to 15 feet tall!

The new growth on the plants is a glowing yellow color that lasts all year, and turning dark green the next year. This beautiful foliage will surely stand out in any landscape. Plant these as a statement piece, privacy hedge, or wind block.

Polar Gold arborvitae are native to North America and require very little care once established. The Polar Gold gets its name due to the fact that it can thrive in very harsh winters, even in cold hardy zone 3.

Polar Gold Arborvitae Care

Plant these shrubs in moist well-drained soil that gets at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Pruning Polar Gold Arborvitae is not necessary, as these shrubs naturally grow into a narrow dense pyramid shape. If you must trim, do so in late spring or early summer, after the new growth has emerged. Do not cut off thick branches, as you could leave an unsightly hole and permanently damage the shrub’s shape.

Polar Gold Arborvitae Spacing

If you plan on growing these into a privacy hedge, space these bushes 4 feet apart, center on center. Otherwise, plant at least 6 feet apart, center on center, for a typical growth habit.

Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-7
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: n/a
Foliage Color(s): Yellow
Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height: 12-15 Feet
Spread: 4-6 Feet
Spacing: 4-6 Feet
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: n/a
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis ''SMTOYB'' USPP 25,388
Common Name: Polar Gold Arborvitae
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Polar Gold Arborvitae Show Reviews

  • 4
    small plants

    Posted by Katy on Oct 10th 2018

    I just ordered these plants last week, and I'm pretty disappointed in the size of the plants. I would have given this a 5 stars, because the plants arrived pretty fast and in extremely good condition. I absolutely love the color of these. It should be a great hedge that is unique to what every else has in the neighborhood!